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Photo of Sir John Soane's Museum Photo of Sir John Soane's Museum

When the nights begin to get a bit colder in London, some of the best places to head to are the museums. Many of the city’s most notable institutions have a monthly late-night opening to lure workers, tourists and night owls alike. Cocktails are often on hand. Social events are scheduled. And, best of all, most of these places are within walking distance of a New York Habitat vacation rental in London. So soak up the nightlife and a little culture all at the same time!

On the first Tuesday of each month, the eccentric Sir John Soane’s Museum in Bloomsbury is lit up with candles and stays open until 9 p.m. Bathed in candlelight, the rooms and artifacts are atmospheric, to say the least—especially the lower level that houses the Egyptian sarcophagus.

On the last Wednesday of the month, the Science Museum in South Kensington lets loose with music, events, a bar and science-themed activities. No kids are allowed, so adults finally have a chance to try out all the hands-on activities. Get your geek on!

On Thursday and Friday evenings of each week, select galleries in the British Museum are open until 8:30, and the glass-domed Great Court stays open from Thursdays to Saturdays until 11:00 with screenings, talks and music. Read the entire story here…»


Photo of The Chelsea Royal Hospital Photo of The Chelsea Royal Hospital

The Chelsea Royal Hospital is a nursing and retirement home for British soldiers who can no longer serve on active duty due to old age or injury in London. Currently, there are over 300 soldiers living at the Chelsea Royal Hospital. The Hospital also houses the Royal Hospital Chelsea Museum in the great hall.

-If  you fall in love with the neighborhood, we have plenty of accommodations in Chelsea. For example, this three bedroom vacation rental in North Kensington (LN-1023) has a private gorgeous backyard garden!


London row houses in Chelsea London row houses in Chelsea

So, Scorsese has finally turned his obsession with “Gimme Shelter” into a full-blown film of the Rolling Stones called Shine a Light. It’s been released in IMAX so viewers can have the sensation of being surrounded by Mick and the boys. But why not do it one better by staying in the actual surroundings where the Stones’ frontmen used to live? New York Habitat has London accommodations that put you right in the middle of Mick and Keith’s former London neighborhood of Cheyne Walk —‘satisfaction’ guaranteed!

In the late 1960s, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were both living on Cheyne Walk just a few doors apart (Keith was at #3 with girlfriend Anita Pallenberg, whom he stole away from bandmate Brian Jones; Mick was at #48, first with girlfriend Marianne Faithfull—during which time the Chelsea drug squad carried out on infamous raid on the flat—then with wife Bianca). Read the entire story here…»


The London World's End shop The London World's End shop

With a Vacation Rental in London, you can live like a local while taking in the city’s sights. The only question is: With so much to see, how do you narrow it down? Simple—think like a local. New York Habitat wants to help by sharing some must-see musical sights.

So, in the spirit of Brit boy Nick Hornsby, author of High Fidelity, New York Habitat is bringing you its Top Five list of must-see musical sights around London.

Everyone knows about Abbey Road. Just ask the millions of visitors snapping pictures and clogging up traffic as they cross the famous zebra stripes to the Beatles’ studios—and the line of drivers wondering just how much damage taking out a few tourists would cause to their Mini Coopers.

Okay, it’s a pretty good photo op if four of you are traveling together. But there are other essential, in-the-know sights for music lovers in London that do not involve potential road rage or posing with wax statues of the Spice Girls. New York Habitat has London Flat Rentals within walking distance of each one.

What better place to start than at the World’s End? Number 5 on the count down of must-see musical sites in London. Read the entire story here…»


Royal Hornicultural SocietyOne of the world’s most famous flower shows takes place at the Royal Hospital along the Thames River in the Chelsea section of London.

The 2007 Chelsea Flower Show is from May 22nd to May 26th, 2007. New York Habitat, one of the premier providers of furnished apartments in London, would like to share some possible accommodation ideas in the area for those looking for the perfect place to stay.

The Show:

The Chelsea Flower Show is open to the public from May 24th to May 26th with tickets costing 40 pounds per day for full-day admission, 22.50 pounds for afternoon admission and 17.50 for evening admission. The closest subway station is Sloane Square, which offers service on the Circle and District lines. The exhibits at the flower show include everything from Country to City Gardens as well as Floral Art, and, new for 2007, the Roof Gardens display. At the end of the show, awards are given out for each category, so make sure to track your favorites. Read the entire story here…»